Corsican Constitution
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Corsican Constitution

The first Corsican Constitution was drawn up in 1755 for the short-lived Corsican Republic independent from Genoa beginning in 1755 and remained in force until the annexation of Corsica by France in 1769. It was written in Tuscan Italian the language of elite culture and people in Corsica at the time.[1]

It was drafted by Pasquale Paoli , and inspired by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who, commissioned by the Corsicans wrote "Projet de constitution pour la Corse," in 1763. [2]

The second Corsican Constitution was drawn up in 1794 for the short-lived (1794-96) Anglo-Corsican Kingdom and introduced universal suffrage for property owners. It was also considered a highly democratic constitution for its time.


  1. ^ Blackwood, Robert J. & Tufi, Stefania (2015). The Linguistic Landscape of the Mediterranean: French and Italian Coastal Cities. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 130. Retrieved from
  2. ^ Carrington, Dorothy (July 1973). "The Corsican constitution of Pasquale Paoli (1755-1769)". The English Historical Review. 88 (348): 481-503. doi:10.1093/ehr/lxxxviii.cccxlviii.481. JSTOR 564654.

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